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Comment: Re:Nuclear submarines (Score 1) 255

by Frozentech (#27812635) Attached to: Small Nuclear Power Plants To Dot the Arctic Circle
"In other words, this sort of thing has been operating safely for about 50 years now."

Sure, unless you count: K-19, K-11, K-27, K-140, K-429, K-222, K-123, K-314, K-431, K-192, K-8, K-386, TK-208, K-279, K-447, K-508, K-208, K-210, K-216, K-316, K-462, K-38, K-37, K-371, and K-367.

Those are submarines which experienced nuclear accidents from just the Northern Fleet of the former Soviet Union and Russia. Too lazy to look for the Pacific fleet accidents..

The Russian Northern Fleet Nuclear submarine accidents


Small Nuclear Power Plants To Dot the Arctic Circle 255

Posted by Soulskill
from the ubiquitous-radioactive-polar-bears dept.
Vincent West writes with news of a Russian project currently underway to populate the Arctic Circle with 70-megawatt, floating nuclear power plants. Russia has been planning these nuclear plants for quite some time, with construction beginning on the prototype in 2007. It's due to be finished next year, and an agreement was reached in February to build four more. According to the Guardian: "The 70-megawatt plants, each of which would consist of two reactors on board giant steel platforms, would provide power to Gazprom, the oil firm which is also Russia's biggest company. It would allow Gazprom to power drills needed to exploit some of the remotest oil and gas fields in the world in the Barents and Kara seas. The self-propelled vessels would store their own waste and fuel and would need to be serviced only once every 12 to 14 years."

How Do I Manage Seasoned Programmers? 551

Posted by kdawson
from the just-don't-say-mmm-kay dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I have a technology background and worked as a programmer for a few years before slipping over to the dark side. I am now on the business side and have been given responsibility for a small team of Java programmers. While the technology aspect of what my team works on doesn't scare me, I need ideas to make sure the team stays motivated while reporting to me, a business-oriented guy. Perhaps I should mention I am in my early 30s while the majority of the team constitute an older, wiser generation. What advice should I follow to avoid turning into yet another Bill Lumbergh?"

Comment: Re:Quantifying risk? (Score 1) 327

by Frozentech (#25972533) Attached to: Replacing Metal Detectors With Brain Scans
He pulled it out of his a$$. Actually, since this story refers to Israel, let's use their numbers. With a population of 7.2 million, of which 75.6% are Jewish (i.e. targets of terrorism), and 3123 deaths by terrorism since 1947, there is a roughly .05% chance of death by terrorism. Still only about 1/10th the chance of death by homicide in the U.S.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.